It takes a while to build a state-of-the-art superyacht, years in fact – but this remarkable time-lapse video reduces the process to just five minutes.

And it's jaw-droppingly mesmerising.

The footage tracks the three-year-long construction of the 285ft Lonian by Netherlands-based Feadship and since it was posted online it has garnered almost 700,000 hits.

It takes years to build a top-tier superyacht, but this video breezes throuh the process. Photo / Feadship
It takes years to build a top-tier superyacht, but this video breezes throuh the process. Photo / Feadship

The clip then shows huge top sections of the boat being taken by barge along canals to another factory and placed on top of a rapidly assembled hull.

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Here the boat, at the 1min 50 mark, really begins to look like the finished product.

But the final part of the build takes place elsewhere.

And now the video becomes particularly eye-opening – because it shows the boat being manoeuvred along tiny canals by tug boats to the Feadship yard.

We see it navigating unfeasibly narrow locks and bridges opening to let it through as passers-by stand in awe.

Drone footage of this part of the journey shows how the superyacht dwarfs the houses lining the route.

The ship passes windmills on the way to the Netherlands-based company yards. Photo / Feadship
The ship passes windmills on the way to the Netherlands-based company yards. Photo / Feadship

After frantic work at the Feadship yard Lonian emerges looking utterly spectacular.

Now there are just a few finishing touches left.

Feadship says: "This striking 87-metre beauty is already outside so she can have various exterior elements added in advance of the official launch. What we can tell you for now is that her lovely exterior styling is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, as is the interior, the latter in cooperation with Richard Hallberg Interior Design.

The peleasure cruiser dwarfs the tiny dutch canals as it's brought for finishing touches. Photo / Feadship
The peleasure cruiser dwarfs the tiny dutch canals as it's brought for finishing touches. Photo / Feadship

"It's also a given that the accommodations for the owners and their twelve guests will be of the very highest standards, as will the service be by 27 crew."

The exterior styling and finish is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Photo / Feadship
The exterior styling and finish is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Photo / Feadship

The videos have received hundreds of positive comments.

User orangelion03 said: "The best superyacht related video I have seen!! As an engineer, I am fascinated with the design and construction of these ships. I could have watched more! Well done, and thank you!"

A the end of a three-year process, Lonian emerges her final construction bay. Photo / Feadship
A the end of a three-year process, Lonian emerges her final construction bay. Photo / Feadship
The final piece: Free of the construction berth the mast can and areals be fitted. Photo / Feadship
The final piece: Free of the construction berth the mast can and areals be fitted. Photo / Feadship